- Rest in peace July 29
Afghanistan's outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, lost a cousin, Hashmat Khalil Karzai, to a suicide bombing on Tuesday.
The late Karzai was a "staunch supporter of the president," the Associated Press reports, and he was involved in the country's campaign to select Hamid Karzai's successor. The AP notes that Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is competing against Abdullah Abdullah for the Afghan presidency. Afghanistan is currently holding an audit of the 8 million votes that were recently cast in the second round of its presidential election.
Hashmat Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his hat, according to a local official. The bomber blew himself and Karzai up when kissing his hand during the Muslim morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
"Just like all other Afghans who are the daily targets of terrorist attacks, our family too is no exception and as every other Afghan, we too will have to bear it," President Karzai said in a statement.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Everything you need to know about the voter ID controversy
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- Let us now praise Billy Joel
Subscribe to the Week